Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr. From the Philippines has assumed office as the eighth President of the World Maritime University (WMU) on Thursday it was announced by the University.

Appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), who also serves as Chancellor of the University, Professor Mejia assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer, overseeing and directing the academic programmes, operations and administration of the University.

Based in Malmö, Sweden, WMU is a postgraduate maritime university founded in 1983 by the IMO, with a mission to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research.

It’s worth noting that Professor Mejia is the first WMU President from Asia and the first President who is a graduate of WMU.

President Mejia is an accomplished global leader and scholar in maritime governance, policy, and administration. With over three decades of professional and academic experience, Professor Mejia is a passionate international advocate for the promotion of safe, secure, sustainable, and efficient shipping on clean oceans.

The new President joined the WMU Faculty in 1998 and has held various positions within the University including Director of the PhD Programme, Head of the Maritime Law and Policy Specialization, Associate Academic Dean, and Nippon Foundation Professor of Maritime Policy, Governance, and Administration.

Professor Mejia also served as Administrator/Director General at the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) from 2013 to 2016, heading the government agency responsible for integrating the development, promotion, and regulation of the maritime industry in the Philippines.

From 1988 to 1998, he progressively held various positions in the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard. In 2013, Professor Mejia was included in the Lloyd’s List 100 Most Influential Persons in the Shipping Industry.

Regarding his appointment, President Mejia said, “I thank the IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor for granting me the esteemed privilege to lead the World Maritime University. Our unique connection to the IMO, our extensive global network, and our stellar postgraduate education prepare WMU graduates to serve as a force for good in the maritime and oceans sectors.”